Police say village official may be behind murder-A A +A
Sunday, April 8, 2012
A BARANGAY official may be involved in the killing of a 57-year-old Japanese national in the northern town of San Remigio, Cebu last Thursday morning, a police investigator said.
Last February, the village official allegedly had a fight with Makoto Honda, a reported treasure hunter, according to one of the police investigators who refused to be identified.
The official’s relative also damaged the concrete bench outside Honda’s house and the door of the victim’s store. The reason behind their quarrel was not clear, the investigator said.
Honda, who arrived in Cebu three years ago, suffered gunshot wounds in the chest and other parts of his body after he was shot by one of the two assailants four days ago.
One of the suspects, motorcycle-for-hire driver Ronald Tuñacao, was arrested by a team led by Senior Insp. Jose Rovic Villarin, the town’s police chief, last Thursday afternoon.
Tuñacao will be charged with murder tomorrow.
The driver was identified by Honda’s live-in partner, Caren Bendir Caballe, 20, and her younger sister (not brother as earlier reported). Caballe and Tuñacao are relatives, police said.
Villarin said it is possible the driver wanted to take revenge on Honda, after the victim had fired him. He used to work as one of Honda’s helpers.
Before the attack happened at 1:40 a.m., Honda was sleeping inside his room on the second floor of his house. His live-in partner and her brother slept on the ground floor.
Moments later, the culprits, who covered their heads and faces, barged into the room through the main door.
Once inside, one of the gunmen went upstairs and shot Honda, who died on the spot. The other culprit stayed on the lower level.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 09, 2012.